Eyes on the course

Published 9:31 am Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I encourage you to keep a watchful eye on the Randolph-Henry High School varsity golf team this season. It’s clear that Charlotte County produces great golfers and golf teams, and the 2018 Statesmen are looking to continue that legacy. The thing is this, though — they are really young this year. The team is made up of five sophomores, four freshmen, two seniors and two juniors.

Randolph-Henry Head Coach Kelly Powell mentioned that Central Lunenburg High School is actually favored by some to win the James River District this year, and he was sure to give the Chargers respect. But it was clear to me that Powell was hopeful his young team would mature quickly and do what needs to be done to keep its incredible streaks alive.

After going 26-1 last season, the Statesmen had extended their district regular season win streak to 191 matches. Entering this season, they have won 18 consecutive district regular season championships.

Powell affirmed that some of those 18 Randolph-Henry championship teams were young as well, so there is nothing to say that this year’s group won’t be able to grow the program’s streaks further.

In its non-district season-opening match Aug. 7, Randolph-Henry topped Central by 13 strokes, 162-175, at Briery Country Club.

Entering Tuesday’s afternoon match, the 2018 Statesmen were 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the district, putting the district win streak at 193.

Be sure to support the young golfers this season in their quest for continued excellence on the course.

Titus Mohler  is the sports editor for The Charlotte Gazette and Farmville Newsmedia, LLC. His email address is Titus.Mohler@TheCharlotteGazette.com.